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Do Foreign Trademark Applicants Need US Lawyers?

By Bill Donahue (October 23, 2018, 8:50 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is gearing up to propose a new rule that would require foreign trademark applicants to be represented by U.S. attorneys, a change experts say is sorely needed to address a recent flood of questionable Chinese applications.

According to the federal government's fall regulatory agenda, the USPTO plans to propose a rule next month requiring that "foreign trademark applicants and registrants" be represented by a U.S.-licensed attorney in order to "file trademark documents with the USPTO."

Foreign attorneys are already prohibited from practicing before the agency, but current rules allow any person, foreign or domestic, to...

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